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Ethiopia

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 13 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage Ethiopia to implement the International Boundary Commission 2002 ruling on the border with Eritrea. (75327)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Tewkesbury (Mr. Robertson) on 5 June 2006, Official Report, column 318W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Department's policy is towards Ethiopia regarding the border dispute with Eritrea; and what assessment she has made of the effect of this policy on relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia. (75329)

We have consistently urged the Ethiopian Government to accept the final and binding resolution of the Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission and to allow demarcation of the frontier with Eritrea. We welcome the participation by both parties in the recent meetings of the Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission in London. We continue to urge both sides to engage constructively in future meetings of the Boundary Commission and to commence demarcation as quickly as possible. We remain committed to normalisation of relations on either side of the final border between the two countries as the only permanent basis for peace.